Fees & Expenses

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is provided as a guide when estimating the costs for international students that enroll at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC). The COA is based on normal charges incurred by most students and are based on estimates from the SRJC Financial Aid Office; however individual charges may vary based on the student's choice of housing, meal plan, program of study, total units enrolled, and other miscellaneous items.

As required by the U.S. Department of State, F-1 visa applicants must provide evidence of financial support for their first year of study in the United States. Our estimated costs of attendance include both academic and personal expenses, and covers 9 months of attendance at SRJC (two semesters of study). Applicants must upload documentation demonstrating sufficient funding and include a signed Declaration of Sponsor Support if receiving funds (or free room and board) from a friend, relative, or other sponsor. 

2023-2024 Academic Year
Expense
Estimated Cost
Description
SRJC Tuition and Fees $11,175 Includes 12 units per semester for two semesters. Tuition for nonresidents is $462 per unit before scholarships. Subject to change annually.
Health Insurance $1,888 Includes Fall, Spring, and Summer coverage. The GeoBlue Health Insurance fee is mandatory for all international students. Subject to change annually.
Housing and Meals $14,367 Based on Homestay pricing. Includes placement fee, security deposit, 9 months in private bedroom with meals (breakfast and dinner), and estimated cost of lunch on your own.
Books and Supplies $1,298 Based on estimates from the Financial Aid office. 
Transportation $1,080 Based on estimates from the Financial Aid office (adjusted for ISP students). Students can ride the local bus for free. 
Personal Expenses $3,164 Based on estimates from the Financial Aid office. 
Total: $32,972 Applicants with dependents must provide evidence of an additional $5,000 for their spouse and $3,000 per child.
Total without housing and meals: $18,605 Applicants who will receive free housing and meals from a local friend/relative can subtract $14,367 from their total estimated expenses. 
2022-2023 Academic Year
Expense
Estimated Cost
Description
SRJC Tuition and Fees $9,393 Includes 12 units per semester for two semesters. Tuition for nonresidents is currently $388 per unit. Subject to change annually.
GeoBlue Health Insurance $1,798 Includes Fall and Spring/Summer coverage. The GeoBlue Health Insurance fee is mandatory for all international students. Subject to change annually.
Housing and Meals $13,467 Based on International Student Placements Homestay pricing. Includes placement fee, security deposit, 9 months in private bedroom with meals (breakfast and dinner), and estimated cost of lunch on your own.
Books and Supplies $1,214 Based on estimates from the Financial Aid office. 
Transportation $986 Based on estimates from the Financial Aid office. 
Personal Expenses $4,132 Based on estimates from the Financial Aid office. 
Total: $30,990 Applicants with dependents must provide evidence of an additional $5,000 per spouse and $3,000 per child.
Total w/o Living Expenses: $17,523 Applicants who will receive free housing and meals from a local friend/relative can subtract $13,467 from their total estimated expenses. 

International Student Payments

The information below will help you understand how to pay your SRJC tuition and fees. 

How to View Your Balance

The Accounting Office website has a breakdown of all student fees. In addition to standard enrollment fees, international students must also pay nonresident tuition and capitol outlay fees. After you register for classes, you can login to your Student Portal to view your "Class Schedule and Fees" under My Records: 

Sample Fee Schedule

International students must also pay the F-1 Health Insurance fee. Before classes start, our office will enroll you in this policy and post the fee to your account. You can view the amount in your Student Portal to when you click "Pay Fees" under Financial Aid & Fees: 

Pay Optional Fees
Payment Deadlines

The F-1 Health Insurance payment is due by the first day of classes. If you haven’t paid this fee, ISP will place a hold on your account at the beginning of the semester. The hold will prevent you from making changes to your class schedule, registering for future semesters, or obtaining your degree/certificate.

Fees are listed as due (or delinquent) in your Student Portal when classes begin. While SRJC does not have a specific payment deadline, you must pay your fees before you will be allowed to register for classes again. Typically, registration starts in late November for the Spring semester, and in late April for the Fall semester. For example, if you begin your studies in August, you should pay your fees by November to ensure you’ll be allowed to register for Spring semester classes during your priority registration appointment. Because SRJC classes fill up quickly, this is especially important for international students, who must maintain their legal F-1 status by registering for 12 units in the Program of Study listed on your Form I-20.

How to Pay Your Fees

Students can pay their fees online, via phone, by mail, or in-person. A complete list of acceptable payment methods is available on the Accounting Office website. If paying your fees online in your Student Portal, your entire balance must be paid. If you wish to make a partial payment, you must visit the Accounting Office in-person. If using another method, you can make partial payments until the balance is paid off.

Payment Plans

If you cannot pay the total balance due before your priority registration appointment, you may request a payment plan online. With this option, you can pay 1/3 of your balance due, and be allowed to register for another semester of classes. The remaining amount will be due in two monthly installments of one third each. You will receive a monthly email reminder with the remaining balance.

Here is a sample to-do list for students who are on a payment plan:

  1. April: Register for Fall classes
  2. August: Pay the Fall health insurance fee
  3. November: Setup payment plan, pay 1/3 of Fall tuition fees
  4. December: Register for Spring classes
  5. January: Pay the Spring health insurance fee
  6. February: Pay 2/3 of Fall tuition fees
  7. March: Pay 3/3 of Fall tuition fees
  8. April: Pay Spring tuition fees and register for Fall classes

*Note that you cannot have two semesters worth of tuition fees combined on the same payment plan. You would need to pay off the first semesters’ fees and the first third of the second semesters’ fees before registering for a third semester of classes at SRJC. Payment plans may not be used to pay for fines like late library returns, athletic gear, or lab fees.

Refunds

The refund deadline to drop your semester-length classes and be eligible for a refund/reversal of your tuition fees is listed on the Academic Calendar. However some of the smaller fees like Health Services are non-refundable after the first day of class. If you must withdraw from SRJC and drop all of your classes after the semester begins, you may submit a petition to Admissions & Records to request a fee reversal. 

Banking in the U.S.

Banking for International Students - This guide provided by CreditDonkey covers the basics of banking, credit cards, and finance for international students.

Scholarships

Unfortunately, international students are ineligible to apply for state or federal financial aid though FAFSA. However, SRJC is proud to offer a number of financial scholarships to international students. More information can be found on our international scholarship website.

Disclaimer: Important note about email communication and the payment of fees with Santa Rosa Junior College: If you receive emails from individuals who claim to represent Santa Rosa Junior College staff, please make sure that their email domain is @santarosa.edu. Occasionally, scammers may try to represent staff members of Santa Rosa Junior College using other email domain accounts, such as @gmail.com. Do not respond to these emails. Additionally, some scammers may solicit you for payment of fees owed. Never offer credit card or bank information via email to anyone claiming to be or appearing to be a Santa Rosa Junior College employee. The official methods for fee payments are listed on the Accounting Office website.